FORT WAYNE, Ind. — University of Saint Francis seniors Devon Rush and Matt Carden have been named co-recipients of the Cougars’ 2013 Silver Helmet Award, an annual award which is selected by the USF coaching staff. The USF Silver Helmet recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as outstanding attitude.
Rush (Fort Wayne, IN / Snider H.S.) and Carden (Wakarusa, IN / NorthWood H.S.) were presented with this Silver Helmet Awards at the conclusion of the 16th annual USF football awards banquet at the USF Performing Arts Center Reception Hall in downtown Fort Wayne.
Rush and Carden were All-Mid-States Football Association Mideast League first-team defensive selections, Rush at outside linebacker and Carden at nose tackle. Both are two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete recipients as well.
Carden also was a first-team Capital One Academic All-America® selection — a secondary education/math major with a 3.89 G.P.A. Carden finished fourth in tackles for USF with 76 (34 solo) in 12 starts in 2013. Carden (Wakarusa, IN / NorthWood H.S.) was Capital One Academic All-America® Second-Team selection in 2012. Carden finished with 6.5 tackles for losses of 33 yards and four sacks for 24 yards. He also had two passes broken up, two passes defended, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery. He was also MSFA All-Academic twice.
Rush also started all 12 games, had two interceptions, five passes defended, three broken up, six tackles for loss (14 yds), 27 solo tackles, 54 total. He is a two-time MSFA All-Academic selection with a 3.92 GPA in business administration.
Nearly 300 attended the annual banquet which was hosted downtown for the first time. Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry served as the main speaker. The Cougars open spring drills on Tues., April 1 at 6 a.m. in preparation for the annual spring game on Fri., April 25, at 7 p.m. at D’Arcy Stadium.